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Merritt Janson*

she/her/hers

Gregory, Lady Montague, Friar John (R&J); Colleen, Lisa, Marge (BURNS)

Merritt is thrilled to be working with HVSF this summer. Devoted to developing new work, Merritt has originated roles in Ruben Santiago-Hudson’s Your Blues Ain’t Sweet Like Mine, Robert Woodruff’s Notes From Underground and Autumn Sonata (Yale Rep, La Jolla, TFANA), the off-Broadway productions of Robert O’Hara’s Built and Jonathan Franzen’s House For Sale directed by Daniel Fish, Theatre de la Jeune Lune’s The Deception (La Jolla), and The Onion Cellar with Amanda Palmer and The Dresden Dolls at A.R.T. Merritt has specialized in classical roles off-Broadway at TFANA (Julius CaesarMeasure for Measure and Michael Boyd’s Tamburlaine), The Public (A Midsummer Night’s DreamRichard II w/WNYC), Red Bull Theater (Coriolanus); and Shakespeare Theatre DC’s Othello. She also spent five seasons with Shakespeare & Company where she played Miranda opposite Olympia Dukakis in The Tempest, Viola in Twelfth Night, Rosalind in As You Like It, Titania in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Desdemona in Othello opposite John Douglas Thompson. Other works include the title role in The Wilma’s Eurydice directed by Blanka Zizka, A.R.T.’s Britannicus directed by Robert Woodruff and Paradise Lost directed by Daniel Fish. TV includes” “Dexter: New Blood” (Showtime), “Elementary” (CBS), “Billions” (Showtime), “Quantico” (ABC), and “Madam Secretary” (CBS). Training: MFA in Acting from ART/MXAT at Harvard.